These tracks were recorded immediately after a municipal clean-up operation in Albert Park, Durban SA, on 1st November 2008.
The Mercury (Nov 2)writes: “Municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe said the city had warned the Albert Park refugees that they could be evicted because the city was cleaning up its parks. Sutcliffe said he understood that there were many groups living in the park. He said they would all be dealt with as the city continued with its programme.” http://www.ukzn.ac.za/ccs/default.asp?2,27,3,1646
audio reports from the refugees themselves telling their story (recorded in October): (http://www.archive.org/DurbanSings ) (http://www.archive.org/DurbanSings_84)
“The refugees in the park are tangible proof that the neither the problem of xenophobia nor its consequences have been dealt with, as official statements by the government would lead the international community to believe.” http://www.antixenophobiasolidarity.wordpress.com
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